Old village gates "fossilized' for art

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Miniatures of Hanoi's old village gates, suspended in blocks of resin, are on display at an exhibition Lang trong pho (Villages inside streets), at the French cultural center L'Espace.

The unique exhibits are the work of artist Vuong Van Thao. Apart from the gates, miniatures of hoes, spades, utility poles dating back to the French era (1858-1945), and the Turtle Tower (a city landmark in the middle of Sword Lake), have been encased in faux amber to create a fossilized look.

Thao, 42, said he photographed village gates across Hanoi, like those along Thuy Khe Street, cast their miniature replicas, and suspended them within resin. He then cracked the blocks to resemble fossils, and for visual effect.

This is Thao's second public exhibition. In 2008, his exhibit of fossilized Hanoi's old quarters was shortlisted in the top ten at the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in Singapore.

The exhibition is open through June 18.

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